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Periodontal

Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the teeth, gums and bone. It's caused by plaque, the sticky film of food and bacteria that forms constantly on your teeth. You may have gum disease, and not even know it, because it's rarely painful in its early stages.

How does it affect my teeth?
If plaque isn't removed each day, it hardens to become tartar, and only a professional cleaning will remove it. If it's not removed, tartar invades the root surfaces of your teeth. Here, harmful bacteria thrive and cause toxins to form, destroying gum and bone tissue.

What are the symtoms?
If bone tissue is destroyed, your teeth can loosen. So let us know if you have persistent bad breath, if your gums are swollen, soft or tender, or if they bleed when you brush or floss. If we diagnose gum disease early, we can stop the destruction and save your teeth.

Periodontal Disease & Your Health

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the teeth, gums and bone that surround the teeth. It's caused by plaque, the sticky film of food and bacteria that forms constantly on your teeth. Gums infected with periodontal disease are like toxic reservoirs of disease-causing bacteria.

An open doorway for bacteria
Researchers recently discovered that this chronic infection in your mouth creates an open doorway for plaque bacteria to enter the bloodstream. These bacteria - Streptococcus sanguis - may cause blood clots that can block your arteries and even trigger a heart attack.

What are the symtoms?
Other ailments have been linked to periodontal disease, including respiratory disease, pneumonia, strokes, ulcers, difficult-to-control diabetes, low birth weight babies, and infective endocarditis, a dangerous infection of the heart valves.

Periodontal Disease & Smoking

Smoking increases your risk
It's common knowledge that smoking has been linked to both lung and heart disease. But smoking can also increase your risk of periodontal disease. Smokers are more likely to have a build up of tartar on their teeth, where disease-causing bacteria thrive.

A chronic infection
Periodontal disease is essentially a chronic, open infection in your mouth. Smoking worsens the condition by damaging the natural processes your body uses to fight the periodontal infection; smoking reduces saliva levels, restricts blood flow, and damages your immune system.

What are the symptoms?
There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, including formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, ammonia and arsenic. Also, smokers are four times more likely to have advanced periodontal disease, and are twice as likely to lose their teeth.